Nursing home care, elder abuse/neglect, and the dying process are subjects the mainstream media and the public in general mostly ignores, unless something serious enough happens, to have to report it. But, much of it is put under the rug. Some things will be brought out into the light again.
Christian TV shows sometimes go into the subject of aging and dying process, and grief. They are well done, good content, nice tidy formats with inspiring and uplifting endings that give you “warm fuzzies”. There are many books out on this subject that also fit into this category.
That’s just the problem. Society and Christian TV has learned how to use every aspect of life, and turn it into a money-making opportunity.
The story-line, and the content is very carefully worded, air-brushed, sterilized and choreographed to get the most out of the broadcast. Author’s use this “cut and paste” method to make their books appealing, with the emphasis on an upbeat ending.
The intentions for these programs and books are good, but as one who worked in health care for over 30 years, they lack authenticity. Much is omitted to make the subject matter “palatable” to the public, and send a heart-warming message that “God loves you”, and “everything will work out”.
Yes, God does love you and I. But, people are given free will in this world. Some people choose to do evil, and innocent people suffer, and are abused by those who for whatever reason-feel they have the right to torment, abuse, harass, and sometimes even kill those who are unable to fight off their abusers.
The reality for many in nursing home care facilities:
Many elderly live in isolation, some who have long ago been abandoned by family members, or do not have any family; and live out their lives never seeing a visitor. I’m saying this from first hand experience.
Some live in abusive environments, and suffer from the affects of the abuses; broken limbs, black eyes, over-medicated, and more. Neglect, abuse, and brutality is an every day occurrence for some of the most vulnerable; young and old alike, behind closed doors. Sometimes we see the end result of these abusive situations on the news, after the abused is dead.
Many very good caregivers never tell the full scope of their exhaustion, stress, and what they endure daily. If they did, they know many would not believe it; or care.
If a visit to some of the nursing home facilities was made unannounced, especially on a weekend, it would be an eye opening experience. Just walk the corridors, look into the rooms, and pay attention. Watch the employees, and listen to them.
People learn to wear masks, and put up a good front. But if you are discerning, you can see through the smoke-screen and see the reality of a situation.
There are wonderful health-care facilities, and good loving home care environments. But, the reality is that there are also some that aren’t.
In the past year and a-half years, there's been reports of catastrophic nursing home deaths from Covid itself, but also of the vaccine deaths-that mainstream media tries to cover up. Here in the U.S., especially NYC, the UK, and around the world, thousands have died from the poison jabs, and the real numbers I'm sure will never be known. The research can be found, but it's best to go to independent platforms to find the truth. These jabs are serving the globalists well in their depopulation agenda.
Many times during the three years my mother was in nursing home care, I or my brother would walk into her room in a late afternoon during a weekend, and find her bed still un-made, and she would be slumped over in her chair still in the rumpled slit-up-the back nursing gown that she had slept in the night before, and her hair uncombed. I would go through the process of bathing her, cleaning and making her bed, visiting with her, combing her hair, taking care of her hygiene.
When I was doing this, sometimes an aide would come in and pretend to be very surprised and say “Oh, I was just on my way in here to take care of your Mom, you didn’t have to do this.” I would do the best I could to keep my composure. I knew very well what the staff had spent their day doing; goofing off, and gossiping the day away.
There were many times I’d drive home with gut-wrenching guilt, because I could not take care of her myself at home anymore, because her diabetes had become too serious, and her feet needed doctor’s care every day. For many years I had taken care of other people’s mother’s right up to their deaths, but now I was helpless to do the same for my own. I was in free-fall myself. I had lost my husband to heart disease, sold our home, his business, and mine; and didn’t know when I was going to hit bottom. My main prayer in all of this was to be with her in her last days, and moments when she faced death, and that she would die in peace and dignity. God answered my prayer.
Many caregivers can identify with these kinds of situations.
Yes, God does care, He is with us in the worst of these situations; but at the time, it can seem He is out of reach, unconcerned with our plight, and silent. In these times; it is all one can do to put one foot in front of the other, and keep going. During these times in my life, I clung to Him; in silence.
I’ve heard scathing criticism from well known preachers and teachers who say this should not be the plight of any Christian walking rightly with God, there must be something wrong with your faith.
Read the book of Job, (especially the accounts of his three miserable comforters), and read the accounts of Paul’s sufferings, and what he tells us about it. Then go on your merry way. At least muster up enough compassion to leave those in these situations in silence without heaping further suffering on them. These kind of people may never understand, until it's them in the midst of it-but, I've seen firsthand, many make sure they never have to endure these trials. These are the grown kids, family members, and easy-time friends who take their elders to these nursing homes, and walk out, leaving it to others to care for their parents in the most difficult time of their life; and never have to deal with the hardships of this season of life. And actually it's probably better if they don't, they couldn't handle it.
Here are some helpful guides that describe elder abuse-that fit into any season of life. Abuse is abuse, young or old.
The incidents of elder abuse continues to be a growing one, and often isn't seen, because many of the elderly remain silent, out of numerous fears, or are unable to voice what's being done to them.
They are targets for scammers, drug addicts who break into their homes, and rob them of their medications, their money, and at times attack them physically, leaving them brutally harmed, sexually assaulted, or killed.
Sometimes they are also exploited by family members, by control and threats. I find this the most deplorable, and despicable conduct anyone could imagine. In these situations, the one abused may not speak up, because they have to live in this situation, which can include being overdosed with drugs, verbal and physical abuse, and neglect.
Cruelty and brutality in cities and communities continues to rise. I've seen videos of elderly people being punched, kicked, and attacked by total strangers walking on the streets. Many young people today have no problem cursing, using verbal threats, and behaving with disrespect to adults they don't even know. If you say something they don't like-many feel they have every right to verbally curse you, or target you with harassment, and many times the adults find nothing wrong with this. I was brought up in a different world, and miss it. If I had treated any older person the way many kids do today-I would have had my backside strapped-and been put on "lockdown" for a long time. My parents never had to, because it never occurred to me to speak to an older person with disrespect. Like I said, when I was a kid, in my family, this was unheard of.
I've read comments by many older people who have gotten to the place, that they've had to change their way of doing things, to avoid being out in congested places. Instead of taking their walk in the daytime, they go early in the morning, even before daybreak, or after the sunset, when they have a better chance of getting in their exercise and time outside, without running into crowds or kids-to avoid being abused.
Most nursing homes and senior centers are excellent in their care, and support their seniors very well. But, the problem of neglect and abuse does exist in some. An attentive eye can see those who are victims of abuse.
SIGNS TO LOOK FOR:
1. Bruises on the face and body-black eyes, black and blue on the arms especially. Frequent bruises on the same person. Broken bones.
2. A senior who seems asleep a lot, slumped in a wheelchair for long periods of time.
3. Long periods of silence; unresponsive; if this is someone who has usually been active and vocal, who becomes despondent.
4. Expressions of fear-of being spoken to, or touched.
If you serve as a pastor or teacher in an adult class, and have elders in your church, or have a nursing home ministry; it would be a good idea to take notice of them, and watch for signs of abuse.
Below are some helpful sites that will help identify the signs and resources to help in this area.
It didn't take long to get reactions from this blog, and they were the ones I expected. Some from lurkers- "This isn't relevant to prophetic situations now", "This doesn't have anything to do with watching for the coming of the Lord", "This is exaggeration, the problem isn't that bad". There's other's too, but this is enough.
I could spell out half a dozen reasons why this subject is very relevant, and does fit into the prophetic incidents going on today, and why. If people cared enough to do the research-they'd soon see I'm not exaggerating-I'm only scratching the surface. In the months and years to come (if there is that long), some peoples eyes who come across this, will read it and see how it is relevant, as the problem escalates, along with violence and chaos in general. Because, the time is soon coming, when the media will be reporting the increase in abuses/brutality, as the tensions rise, and upheavals unfold here, and around the world. The tyranny from this government, and those in other countries is going to get worse, and war drums are beating, and getting louder. This blog will be left here, for whoever may come across it in time to come-and see just what I'm talking about. God will open some peoples eyes.
Forsake Me Not When My Strength Is Spent
Psa 71:1 In thee, O LORD, do I put my trust: let me never be put to confusion.
Psa 71:2 Deliver me in thy righteousness, and cause me to escape: incline thine ear unto me, and save me.
Psa 71:3 Be thou my strong habitation, whereunto I may continually resort: thou hast given commandment to save me; for thou art my rock and my fortress.
Psa 71:4 Deliver me, O my God, out of the hand of the wicked, out of the hand of the unrighteous and cruel man.
Psa 71:5 For thou art my hope, O Lord GOD: thou art my trust from my youth.
Psa 71:6 By thee have I been holden up from the womb: thou art he that took me out of my mother's bowels: my praise shall be continually of thee.
Psa 71:7 I am as a wonder unto many; but thou art my strong refuge.
Psa 71:8 Let my mouth be filled with thy praise and with thy honour all the day.
Psa 71:9 Cast me not off in the time of old age; forsake me not when my strength faileth.
Psa 71:10 For mine enemies speak against me; and they that lay wait for my soul take counsel together,
Psa 71:11 Saying, God hath forsaken him: persecute and take him; for there is none to deliver him.
Psa 71:12 O God, be not far from me: O my God, make haste for my help.
Psa 71:13 Let them be confounded and consumed that are adversaries to my soul; let them be covered with reproach and dishonour that seek my hurt.
Psa 71:14 But I will hope continually, and will yet praise thee more and more.
Psa 71:15 My mouth shall shew forth thy righteousness and thy salvation all the day; for I know not the numbers thereof.
Psa 71:16 I will go in the strength of the Lord GOD: I will make mention of thy righteousness, even of thine only.
Psa 71:17 O God, thou hast taught me from my youth: and hitherto have I declared thy wondrous works.
Psa 71:18 Now also when I am old and grayheaded, O God, forsake me not; until I have shewed thy strength unto this generation, and thy power to every one that is to come.
Psa 71:19 Thy righteousness also, O God, is very high, who hast done great things: O God, who is like unto thee!
Psa 71:20 Thou, which hast shewed me great and sore troubles, shalt quicken me again, and shalt bring me up again from the depths of the earth.
Psa 71:21 Thou shalt increase my greatness, and comfort me on every side.
Psa 71:22 I will also praise thee with the psaltery, even thy truth, O my God: unto thee will I sing with the harp, O thou Holy One of Israel.
Psa 71:23 My lips shall greatly rejoice when I sing unto thee; and my soul, which thou hast redeemed.
Psa 71:24 My tongue also shall talk of thy righteousness all the day long: for they are confounded, for they are brought unto shame, that seek my hurt.
"Old men need have no failure in their buoyancy and gladness, if they will fix their thoughts where the psalmist fixed his. Other subjects will soon wear out, but they who make God’s righteousness and salvation their theme will ever have material for meditation and praise. We have here an inexhaustible subject, and one which will keep us young. Let us ask for help, that we may disappoint the calculations of those who hate us, whether men or demons. It is a piteous spectacle when apparently prosperous careers” are overclouded, and age is overwhelmed in catastrophes which there is no time to surmount. But such is not God’s way with His loyal servants. His rivers do not end in swamps and marshes, but broaden and deepen till they kiss the mighty ocean." F.B. Meyer comm.
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No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and their righteousness is of me,
saith the LORD.
is born of God overcometh the world: and this is
the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.
Who is he that overcometh the world,
but he that believeth
that Jesus is the
Son of God?
But they that wait
upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.
For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh:
(For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;)
Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;
The Whole Armor
Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.
Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all,
Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;
And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;
Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.
And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:
Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;
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